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MARTIN LISTER’S VENERABLE BEAD: A HISTORY OF A PHYSICIAN FROM YORK WHO HAD AN INTEREST IN PALAEONTOLOGY

April 19, 2024

Dr Liam Herringshaw

In this lecture, Dr Herringshaw will be telling the tale of York physician Martin Lister and his fascination with fossil sea lilies (crinoids). In November 1673, Lister wrote to the secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, with a summary of his investigations into these strange structures, which were “by some observing men esteemed to be plants petrified.”
Lister’s work was the first scientific paper in what would become palaeontology. His interpretation may ultimately have been wrong, but he laid the groundwork for centuries of research. Crinoids also turn out to have a curious, recurring place in York’s history, which Dr Herringshaw will discuss.

Join us in the library from 7pm for drinks.  Meeting starts at 7.30pm followed by supper if booked.
Two course meal with wine – £25 per head – please book your supper before Wednesday 17th April 2024.
This meeting will be face to face in the York Medical Society rooms and also shared via Zoom.
Please confirm your preference for in person or virtual attendance and if you want to join us for supper afterwards.

For bookings contact yorkmedicalsociety@gmail.com or use the booking button below.

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Details

Date:
April 19
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue

York Medical Society
23 Stonegate
York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AW United Kingdom
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Phone:
01904 849821
Website:
https://www.yorkmedsoc.org